There are three separate surveys: Student, Teacher/Staff, and Home. Schools can choose to survey one, two, or three populations. Whereas the Teacher/Staff and Home surveys are appropriate for all grade levels, the Student survey is for grades 3-12.
- Current Year (2015-2016) Delaware School Climate Survey:
- To ensure that the STAFF survey is administered properly, participating schools have been provided with administration directions and tips.
- Schools administering the STUDENT and/or HOME surveys should see this packet of administration directions. Directions are included for administering both the Online and Paper version of the Student and Home surveys.
- To support staff administering the ONLINE version of the DSCS to students, please see these detailed instructions which include scripted instructions and a copy of the survey. Each teacher administering the survey to students should receive a copy.
- To support staff administering the PAPER version of the DSCS to students, please see these detailed instructions which include scripted instructions and a copy of the survey. Each teacher administering the survey to students should receive a copy.
- We strongly encourage that schools include a signed letter with the paper version of the parent survey to explain the purpose and procedures of the survey. For parents taking the online survey, we suggest that schools still send/email a signed letter home to explain the purpose and procedures of the survey. Sample letters in English (for both the paper and online versions), Spanish and Haitian Creole have been provided for schools to send out to parents informing them of the home survey.
- Parent letter for PAPER home survey (ENGLISH)
- Parent letter for ONLINE home survey (ENGLISH)
- Parent letter for home survey (SPANISH)
- Parent letter for home survey (HAITIAN CREOLE)
A Haitian Creole version of the Home survey has been created this year and can be accessed below in PDF format. The survey can be printed, copied, and provided to parents as needed. The Haitian Creole version of the survey is not available in a Scantron form or online.
- Schools administering PAPER versions of the student and home surveys should include the Return Checklist in the packages with the completed surveys to Center for Disabilities Studies no later than March 4th.
Surveys are available to be used on an annual basis. Schools are invited to participate in October, and the staff survey is administered later in the fall. Student and Home surveys are administered in January – February, and data summary reports are returned to schools in May.
Student surveys are available in two formats: a computer-scorable Scantron form OR an online survey.
Teacher/Staff surveys can only be completed on-line with a computer.
Home surveys are available in two formats: a computer-scorable Scantron form OR an online survey. It is recommended that the online survey only be used in schools where electronic correspondence is established for all families to ensure equal access. The Home version is also available in Spanish and Haitian Creole.
Are there additional resources?
Each year a workshop is held in May to support schools to understand and interpret their data reports. Schools are guided through use of the “Steps for Interpreting School Reports.”
Bear, G.G., Gaskins, C., Blank, J., & Chen, F.F. (2011). Delaware School Climate – Student: Its Factor Structure, Concurrent Validity, and Reliability. Journal of School Psychology, 49, 157-174